Surfing increases chance of GERD disease

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease.

Surfers compared with non-surfers have an increased chance of suffering from GERD aka gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is often associated with stress and characterised by heartburn and regurgitation.

 

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease: A study in the journal of sports medicine showed that this was more common in short-boarders compared to long-boarders, this is due to the smaller surface area pushing against the chest in the prone position when paddling, which consequently leads to increased intra-abdominal pressure and GERD.

 

Our advice:

Avoid fatty food, alcohol and other common irritants directly before surfing.

 

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease

 

The medical definition is:

– A chronic condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter allows gastric acids to reflux into the esophagus, causing heartburn, acid indigestion, and possible injury to the esophageal lining.

 

 

Surfing increases chance of GERD disease – References:

Norisue YOnopa JKaneshiro MTokuda Y. Surfing as a risk factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Clin J Sport Med. 2009 Sep;19(5):388-93